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  • 0:04 Proctor's Wife
  • 0:25 Husband and Wife
  • 1:11 Judgement
  • 2:01 Defense of John Proctor
  • 2:55 The End
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Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

''The Crucible'' is a story of John Proctor, his affair with Abigail Williams, and the trouble that ensues when he shuns her. Elizabeth Proctor, John's wife, is the symbol of Puritan religion in the story, constantly forgiving and loving her husband.

Proctor's Wife

Elizabeth Proctor is the humble and religious wife of John Proctor. She can see the relationship between her husband and Abigail Williams, and yet still loves her husband and tries her best to support him. Although she is the quieter character, Elizabeth has a steel resolve and confidence in her faith and her standing, which resonates throughout The Crucible.

Husband and Wife

John Proctor and Elizabeth present the image of a good religious couple, but behind closed doors it is obvious that Elizabeth's sickly and quiet demeanor does not attract John. He is fire and passion, and his wife is not that for him. Elizabeth seems to be sadly resolved to her place, yet truly loves her husband and feels for Abigail as well. We can see Elizabeth's resolve yet soft heart when she talks to her husband and fires Abigail from working in their home:

''It hurt my heart to strip her.''

Yet she knows Abigail's role with her husband, and although she mostly blames Abigail for the rift in her marriage, she also knows John is soft on the young girl:

''If it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you falter now. I think not.''


When the witch hunt becomes so intense that the court is convened, Elizabeth shows again her ability for forgiveness, religious piety, and love. When she speaks with her husband, she has no blame:

''I do not judge you.''

However she also sees what she is facing:

''She wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this…''

When Elizabeth is on the witness stand and is interrogated, we see her stronger self, her ability to stand up for what she believes in and for her own morality. In Act II, Elizabeth has a few strong quotes that embody this part of her character, such as:

''There be no mark of blame on my life, Mr. Hale. I am a covenanted Christian woman.''

''Question Abigail Williams about the gospel, not myself.''

''I cannot think the Devil may own a woman's soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way as I have.''

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